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Phillies fans might not want to read this one

Cole Hamels (2010 file photo - credit: Paul Hadsall)
Cole Hamels (2010 file photo – credit: Paul Hadsall)

Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp is probably going to be pretty awkward this year.

Consider Cole Hamels‘ statements in an interview with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:

“I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here. This isn’t what I expected. It’s not what the Phillies expected, either. But it’s reality.”

While we’d all be inclined to agree with Hamels’ assessment of the Phillies’ chances, it’s still pretty shocking to see a baseball player speak that openly about his team being a bad one. But then again, Hamels doesn’t really see the Phillies as his team anymore – he wants out.

“I want to go to a place where I can win again,” Hamels told USA Today Sports. “It’s not like I’m a hired gun. I’ve got four or five years left on my contract. I want to help that team win just like I did here.”

So, that’s going to be an interesting storyline to watch until Ruben Amaro Jr. does finally trade away his ace for whatever return he can get.

Ryan Howard (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ryan Howard (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Phillies’ first base situation is another potential source of fun.

Amaro made no secret of wanting Ryan Howard off of his team. In a December radio interview with 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli, the Phillies GM said, “We’ve talked to Ryan. And I told him that in our situation it would probably bode better for the organization not with him but without him. With that said if he’s with us, then we’ll work around him.”

Howard is still a Phillie, and it looks like he’s still the starting first baseman… for now.

Manager Ryne Sandberg offered this ambivalent endorsement to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:

“Right now, unless he gets unseated, he’s the first baseman. He needs to prepare himself to be the best first baseman he can be.”

The implosion of the Phillies “dynasty” continues like a slow-motion train wreck.

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Sandberg headlines annual Lakewood Blue Claws’ Winter Banquet

Ryne Sandberg signs autographs during a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs promotion in 2012 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ryne Sandberg signs autographs during a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs promotion in 2012 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

New Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg will highlight the Lakewood Blue Claws’ annual Winter Banquet on Wednesday, January 22nd at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood.

The baseball Hall of Famer will be joined by current Phillies players and Blue Claws alumni Darin Ruf and Jonathan Pettibone. Tickets for the event are $40 and all proceeds will benefit BlueClaws Charities and their Community Partners Program.

To purchase tickets, call JoAnne Bell at 732-901-7000 extension 100.

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A quick look at the 2012 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs baseball cards

Since I got to see a Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs game earlier this year, I decided to order their 2012 team set. They’re available via the team website for $10, plus $5.95 shipping & handling (if you’re not ordering any other items).

The set includes 30 cards, produced by Choice SportsCards. Phillies fans will notice a number of players that have had to fill in on the major league club due to injuries, while Mets fans may notice Pat Misch and Raul Valdes, and everyone can appreciate a baseball card of Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

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Photos from Monday’s Lehigh Valley Ironpigs game

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs players Steve Susdorf (foreground), Pat Misch (center) and Kevin Frandsen (background) participate in a pre-game team autograph session

Despite the wet weather yesterday, Freddy and I made the trip to Allentown, Pa. to see the Louisville Bats take on the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. The evening’s promotion was a team photo giveaway and pregame  autograph session.

It was the best-organized autograph session I’ve ever seen. Staff members handed out maps showing where all of the players and coaches would be signing along with the team photo giveaway. There were two or three people per table, and nearly the entire team participated.

Ryne Sandberg had the longest line, but if you went to his table as soon as you got in the gate, you probably were able to get his autograph. He was signing everything from baseball cards, to baseballs, bats and even a Cubs jersey.

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Through the Mail Autograph: Jeff Kent

 

Jeff Kent
Jeff Kent

I bought a few 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter cards to send out in the mail earlier this summer. So far, I’ve gotten about half of them back, but the best success to date is the Jeff Kent card I got back yesterday.

Kent typically returns most of his fan mail after the season, but seems to be getting an early start on it this year while he is injured.

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